Edge

Healthcare is Everywhere

The California State Library is working to ensure that libraries become a hub that facilitate access to healthcare information
Location: 
Sacramento, CA
Librarian: 
Suzanne Flint

Creating Meaningful Digital Resources

A library turns to government agencies to help patrons find and use government information effectively
Location: 
Ramsey County, MN
Librarian: 
Susan Nemitz

It’s no secret that government information can be hard to locate and difficult to understand. One library director, Susan Nemitz, is working to change this by having government employees train her librarians, who in turn share this information with the public.

Context is Key

Devices and apps are all part of the programming at one small Connecticut library
Location: 
Darien, CT
Librarian: 
Gretchen Caserotti

Just five years ago, the Darien Public Library didn't have a single public access computer in its children’s section. Today, it is nationally recognized as a pioneer in incorporating iPads and apps into its programs and displays. In this interview with (now former) Assistant Director Gretchen Caserotti, we discover why context is key when it comes to using digital tools in a meaningful way.

A Book Club for the 21st Century

How one project connects and inspires young readers using social media
Location: 
Biddeford, Maine
Librarian: 
Deanna Gouzie

The McArthur Public Library and Biddeford Intermediate School in southern Maine collaborated to create a successful program whereby young readers use technology to discuss and share books in creative ways. In this interview, children’s librarian Deanna Gouzie talks about how the program got started and what makes it thrive — offering an opportunity to see Edge Benchmark 5 in action.

Public Access through Planning

Up-to-date technology, a dedicated staff, and community support help one library offer quality public access technology to its patrons
Location: 
Lamar County, Mississippi
Librarian: 
Jeanne Williams

Careful technology planning, committed supporters, and a dedicated staff are all key to the Lamar County Library System’s success in achieving Edge Benchmark 7. TechSoup for Libraries talks to one librarian about strategies for encouraging public access technology. 

Building Smart from the Start

Staff input key to designing a useful training portal at a Texas library
Location: 
Houston, TX
Librarian: 
Suzy Benton and Thuy Vo

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

A library meets Benchmark 5 through careful planning and strategic partnerships
Location: 
Ortonville, Michigan
Librarian: 
Paula Gauthier

Job Seeking and Entrepreneurship 24/7

How one library provides quality services, programs, and education around the clock
Location: 
Fairfield, CT
Librarian: 
Judy Sparzo

A Tech Lab for All

How one computer training center teaches patrons and staff alike
Location: 
Norman, OK
Librarian: 
Nancy Rimassa

At the Norman Public Library in Norman, Oklahoma, Nancy Rimassa makes Computer Center staff training a priority, prizes her volunteers, and keeps an open mind and an ear to the ground to make sure she is meeting the needs of her community.

Technology Lessons at the Library

One Small Town Learns Together
Location: 
Hiawatha, KS
Librarian: 
Susan Bryant

When the Morrill Public Library saw the need for more computer classes in their small community, outreach librarian Susan Bryant signed up to become a technology trainer. In this interview, Bryant tells TechSoup for Libraries what she has learned by turning her library into a learning center.

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